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September 2019

Medical Qigong Certification Program Overview

September 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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California Acupuncture Board Approved CEU Certificate

Module 1 (1st offering): August 24-25, 2019
Module 1 (2nd offering): Sept 14-15, 2019
Module 2: November 2-3, 2019
Module 3: January 18-19, 2020
Module 4: March 14-15, 2020
Module 5: May 16-17, 2020
Module 6: July 11-12, 2020

Certificate Program Overview

Medical Qigong Therapy, a hands-on-healing and qi emission therapeutic practice, has been used for centuries to balance and restore healthy energy flow in the body, mind and spirit. Based on ancient Daoist and Chinese medical theory, medical qigong is a powerful and effective healing system that has powerful and effective application in any clinical practice. This six weekend series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of medical qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques.

This 6-module series will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for deep self-inquiry and Qi cultivation, in-depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory and experiential mastery of Medical Qigong therapeutic diagnostic and treatment techniques.

Three main program goals are:

  • Self-Cultivation: Students will learn and practice several Qigong forms, Qi sensing boundary setting exercises and Daoist meditations to cultivate their own Qi and mind-body-spirit health.
  • Chinese Medicine Theory and Medicinal Daoism: Students will take an in-depth look at key psycho-emotional and cosmological dimensions of medical Qigong practice and theory.
  • Medical Qigong Training: Students will build Qi sensitivity and Qi emission practices with use of Qi balls, sound, color, hand postures and movements, channel reading, and medical Qigong balancing protocols. They will learn to diagnose, treat, and maintain ongoing support to patients in varied clinical settings.

Complete Certificate Hours: 6 weekends of total of 90 hours of class time with additional 60 hours of required clinical practice hours to earn a 150-hour certificate in Medical Qigong Therapy. Each weekend will include group Qigong practice, meditation instruction, lectures, individual and partner work, written assignments and discussions.

About the Instructor:

Suzannah Stason, LAc/CMQ/CQT is a licensed acupuncturist, medical qigong therapist and teacher, and meditation practitioner. Suzannah has a degree in mind-body health from Stanford University and trained with qigong master and Zen priest Suzanne Friedman, L.Ac/DMQ (China) for over 6 years. Suzannah has extensive teaching experience at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Atria Senior Living, Breath of the Dao Chinese Medicine Clinic and at several private events and conferences. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Acupuncture and Integrated Medical College in Berkeley, California. Suzannah also runs an acupuncture and medical qigong practice in San Francisco where she also teaches regular public qigong classes.

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January 2020

Japanese Medicine Certification

January 1 @ 12:00 am - December 31 @ 11:59 pm

CEU CLASS: 84 CE HOURS, CEP 436
Registration is ongoing. Participants must register for each individual class/module separately. Certificate is awarded upon completion of 84 CE units in select courses.

AIMC Berkeley is proud to announce the creation of a Certificate in Japanese Medicine. This certificate will be awarded to any licensed acupuncturist or acupuncture student who completes a minimum of 84 Continuing Education units from the Japanese Acupuncture workshops offered at AIMC Berkeley.

Japanese acupuncture is renowned for its ability to create positive clinical outcomes with minimal stimulation. Many acupuncturists who practice Meridian Therapy use little to no needle insertion. The AIMC Japanese Medicine Certification program offers an opportunity to study with masters from Japan who will teach several techniques using intricate, classic methods of Meridian Therapy. They will also demonstrate evidence-based scientific approaches such as trigger point treatment, which is based on autonomic nervous system theory. A gentle approach to moxibustion, also an important feature of traditional medicine in Japan, will be covered in this series as well.

Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 84 CE units from the Japanese Acupuncture certification workshops that are offered by AIMC Berkeley. There are a series of continuing education courses that can be applied to the certificate’s 84-unit requirement. Courses are typically offered each year and can be completed in any order.

Japanese Moxa/Gynecology – 14 CE units
Technique: Japanese style gentle direct moxa
Instructor: Junji Mizutani, L.Ac. (Canada)

Contact Needling & Psychology – 14 CE units
Technique: Funamizu style contact needle
Instructor: Takahiro Funamizu

Contact Needle & Hammer Technique – 14 CE units
Technique: Contact needling and Japanese traditional “Hammer needling” with Meridian therapy
Instructor: Keiko Ogawa, M.D. (pediatric surgeon)

Shakuju Therapy Advanced Course – 14 CE units
Technique: Shakuju Therapy
Instructor: Daiki Takahashi
Assistant Instructors: Tisha Mallon, L.Ac. & Saori Tasaka L.Ac. Japan

Advanced Trigger Point Acupuncture – 14 CE units
Technique: Pain treatment with a modern/scientific style of Japanese trigger point acupuncture
Instructor: Kazunori Itoh, Ph.D.
Assistant Instructor: Haro Ogawa, Team Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist
for the San Francisco Giants

Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture – 21 CE units
Technique: YNSA
Instructor: Yoshifumi Tomita, MD Japan

Japan 10 Seminar –Japanese Acupuncture and Moxibustion Seminar in Tokyo/Shikoku – 35/42 CE units*
http://www.intouchjapan.org/

Priced per class. See each individual course listing for description and pricing. You must register for each class separately.

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INTRO TO CHINESE MEDICINE – Spring 2020

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - March 4 @ 8:30 pm

Join us Wednesday evenings starting January 15th for this comprehensive 8-week course which examines the history and philosophy of Chinese medicine, the how and why of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and the contemporary practical applications of this increasingly popular form of healthcare.

Course Overview

Instructors: Nishanga Bliss, DSc, LAc; Rebecca Riggs, L.Ac., MSOM

Discover the fundamentals of Yin and Yang relationships, Five Element Theory (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water), and the relationships between our mind, body, spirit and how we can apply them to everyday health and wellness.

Week 1: Philosophy and Theory
Week 2: The Five Branches of Chinese Medicine
Week 3: Diagnosis: Tongue, Pulse, and Everything Else
Week 4: Supporting Your Spleen
Week 5: Listening to Your Lungs
Week 6: Nourishing Your Kidneys
Week 7: Loving Your Liver
Week 8: Healing Your Heart

Class Dates:

Wednesday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm

January 15, 22, 29
February  5, 12, 19, 26
March 4

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INTEGRATIVE COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE

January 31 @ 9:00 am - February 2 @ 3:30 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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CEU CLASS: 21 CE CAB Approved hours, CEP 436

$50 Early Bird Discount ends 12/31/2019

3-day course:
Friday 1/31/20, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 2/1/20, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday 2/2/20 9:00am – 3:30pm

Course Overview: Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture is a comprehensive treatment protocol to help patients experience an improved appearance and a deeper connection with their authentic selves. Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc teaches this 3 day course with an emphasis on learning the science and mechanisms of action behind why this treatment is effective, the Four Pillars of Holistic Skincare and an in depth overview and practical instruction on the Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture method. Students walk away with a deep understanding of Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture, it’s spiritual component and a treatment protocol that can be implemented into practice with a focus on results! Students will also receive ongoing support and an opportunity to participate in an Advanced Level course to further improve their treatment skills and methods.

About the Instructor:
Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc is a practicing Acupuncturist in San Rafael, CA, a published author, speaker and intuitive healer. Her treatments aim to access the deep inner workings of the mind-body-spirit connection to help her patients unlock the root cause of disharmony. Dr. Kim is a pioneer and teacher of Integrative Cosmetic Acupuncture, her unique and innovative style aims to demystify the science behind why this treatment is effective, teach students an effective protocol and open the doorway to the greater healing potential of the treatment – addressing the Shen and Spirit of the patient. To find out more about her practice and offerings please visit www.IntegrativeCosmeticAcupuncture.com

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March 2020

Herbal Climate Solutions

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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Herbal Climate Solutions 2020
Uniting Herbal Medicine, People & the Planet
Chinese, Western, and Indigenous Herbal Traditions

Climate Change is no longer something we can ignore. But how can we respond in an empowered way? People and plants have always shared a special partnership, and have worked together for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s part of our ecology, and it’s part of our planetary heritage.  Herbal medicine is the foundation of healing traditions all over the planet, and we can create healing resources in the times ahead by reviving bioregional, sustainable herbal medicine. By restoring our relationship with plants and herbal medicine, we also restore our lost connection to the earth, which is so important if we are to survive the times ahead. Amidst the fear and uncertainty, we invite our community to come together for a day of exploration and empowerment with herbal medicine.

Our conference will be a dialogue and hands-on learning about ways herbal medicine can be of assistance to us during climate change. We’ll explore what we can learn from our local herbal allies to help us, and how to work with native California medicinal plants in the context of our herbal traditions. We’ll also discuss how we can continue creating local, sustainable medicine for ourselves, and come away with resources, knowledge, and connections. The day will be a mix of classes as well as hands on activities such as herbal medicine making, local plant ID, and herbal diagnosis and treatment.

Topics will include:
– Crossovers and Commonalities between Western & Eastern herbalism
– Adaptogenic Herbs for a Changing Climate
– Growing Organic Chinese Herbs in the US and Seed Saving
– Native California Medicinal Plants- Local Herbal Allies
– Medicine Making

Our teachers are a diverse group of bioregional herbalists, bringing together traditional Chinese, Western, Eclectic, and Indigenous herbal traditions.

– Dr. Lana Farson, L.Ac, AIMC Berkeley, ACTCM San Francisco
– Kathi Keville, American Herbal Association, Grass Valley
– Peg Schafer, Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm Petaluma, Lillium Initiative
– Ben Zappin, L.Ac, Founder of Five Flavors Herbs, Oakland
– Dr. Ingrid Bauer, MD, Five Flavors Herbs
– Corey Hitchcock, The Green Drum, Nevada City
– Athene Eisenhardt, L.Ac, AIMC Berkeley

And more to be announced…..

  • CEU’s for Licensed Acupuncturists available
  • Community Level Classes also available

Please save the date and join us- March 7th, 2020

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THE ADVANCED MEDICAL QIGONG THERAPY I

March 14 @ 9:00 am - March 15 @ 5:30 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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Module 4: The Advanced Medical Qigong Therapy I
Course approved by CAB for 15 CEU units.

Prerequisites:
–  All previous Medical Qigong Modules
–  Intro to TCM Course for Modules 4-6: For all non-acupuncturists/acupuncture students, and will be offered privately by Suzannah Stason. This will be a 1.5 day TCM theory course to teach the basics of Chinese medicine theory, channels, diagnosis and application of the medicine as it pertains to medical qigong therapy and practice.

In this course, you will refine and expand your diagnostic skills, energy sensation & sensitivity exercises, and complete learning the Bagua Balancing treatment protocol. You will learn the psycho-emotional and cosmological dimensions of the five elements as they apply to clinical practice. You will learn and practice the Daoist Five Qigong form.

Instructor Info:
Suzannah Stason is a certified Medical Qigong Therapist and a licensed Acupuncturist. She comes from Lincoln, Massachusetts and from a young age connected to the interplay between mind and body. After graduating from Stanford University with a Human Biology degree and working both in clinical research and medicine, Suzannah found her passion in Chinese medicine and became an acupuncturist. Her commitment to mind-body-spirit medicine carried to her private practice where she loves helping people find greater energy, clarity, health and transformation in their hearts and lives. More on Suzannah background at http://www.suzannahstason.com/about.htmL

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May 2020

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MOXIBUSTION THERAPY WITH A FOCUS ON GYNECOLOGICAL DISORDERS

May 23 @ 9:00 am - May 24 @ 5:00 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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** SAVE UP TO $100 WITH EARLY BIRD RATES UNTIL 4/23 **

CEU CLASS: 14 CE HOURS, CEP 436

​Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine

About the Course
In this 2 day seminar, Junji Mizutani will provide an introduction to moxibustion, its functions and indications. This workshop will focus on the most widely used techniques as developed by Japanese practitioners, with examples of treatment strategies. In this course you will learn direct moxibustion, a traditional and comfortable style of moxibustion treatment commonly used in Japan. This seminar will cover the theory and physiology of moxibustion, and how to practice safe, comfortable and effective moxibustion directly on the whole body. Junji will demonstrate all techniques and there will be time for practice and questions. He will cover a variety of treatment strategies, local, whole body (Sawada style), special effect points, autonomic nervous system balancing, needle and moxa combinations etc. There will be a special focus on gynecological disorders.

 

Weekend participants will learn:

-An introduction to the functions and indications of traditional Japanese moxibustion therapy
-How to palpate and accurately locate points requiring moxa, sensations felt by patients
-Sawada style whole body treatment
-Local treatment and special effect points
-Autonomic nervous system balancing treatment
-Combination needle and moxa treatment
-Some examples of traditional Japanese indirect moxibustion
-When is enough moxa enough?

About the instructor:
Junji Mizutani RAc, a leading authority of moxibustion in the West, is the director of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine (NAJOM). He graduated from the Japan Central Acupuncture College in 1983 and has been practicing and teaching shiatsu, acupuncture and moxibustion for 24 years. He taught Shiatsu at Kikkawa College and Shiatsu School of Canada, and served for three years as the president of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario. The author of Practical Moxibustion Therapy, he currently practices in Vancouver, B.C., and lectures in the U.S. and Canada.

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October 2020

ADV. TRIGGER POINTS WITH KAZUNORI ITOH

October 24 @ 9:00 am - October 25 @ 5:30 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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CEU CLASS: 14 CE HOURS, CEP 436

REGISTRATION NOT OPEN YET- More course info to come

10/24/20-10/25/20, Saturday through Sunday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine

Join Dr. Kazunori Itoh for a weekend seminar on pain management using advanced modern Japanese techniques including trigger point acupuncture, micro-current acupuncture, and moxa. Trigger points often develop out of acute or repetitive overuse of muscles, musculoskeletal imbalance, injury or other kind of strain. Focusing on trigger points is very effective for treating a wide variety of pain, including peripheral pain, spine mediated pain (which affects internal organs), and brain mediated pain (which can impact the entire body).

Dr. Itoh earned a bachelor’s degree in acupuncture and moxibustion from the Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, and went on to complete his doctorate at the same institution. After a stint as assistant lecturer in clinical acupuncture and moxibustion, he spent a year at the University of Toronto studying with Professor B. J. Sessle. He is currently associate professor in the Department of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion at Meiji University of Integrative Medicine. His research specialty is muscular pain, and in 2004 he established an outpatient clinic for fibromyalgia sufferers. He is studying the use of acupuncture and moxibustion in the treatment of fibromyalgia, both clinically and as basic research.

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November 2020

YAMAMOTO NEW SCALP ACUPUNCTURE

November 20 @ 9:00 am - November 22 @ 5:30 pm
AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA United States
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*** REGISTRATION NOT OPEN YET***

11/20/20 – 11/22/20, Friday through Sunday, 9:00am – 5:30pm
21 CAB CE units
Early Bird rates end 10/20/20.

** Can be applied towards a Certificate in Japanese Medicine**

Course overview:
Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA) is the treatment method designed by Toshikatsu Yamamoto, MD. This technique has efficacy in treating cerebral infarction (CI), intracerebral bleeding, paralysis by central nervous system disease, lower back pain, stiff shoulder, numbness, dizziness, ear ringing. Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture is a needling technique using a 0.25mm needle on the scalp based on unique clinical theory and with proven results. In this 3 day seminar, you will learn:

What troubles and symptoms YNSA is effective in treating
The difference between YNSA and other scalp acupuncture techniques
Protocols used to apply YNSA in actual clinical treatment
YNSA style diagnosis
YNSA’s acupuncture points (Basic, Intermediate, Advance)
Most recent case studies by Dr. Yamamoto
Application of YNSA techniques on geriatric hospital population
Hands-on training sessions of YNSA

About the Instructor:
Yoshifumi Tomita has 14 years of clinical experience and is the first acupuncturist certified in Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture Treatment. His style of treatment is integrative, and he has extensive experience treating cancer patients, autoallergic disease, autoimmune disease, Parkinson’s disease and other intractable diseases. Yoshifumi also specializes in Orthomolecular Nutrition&Medicine

 

 

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